Having grown up in Central California, Raymond Cloyd spent much of his time outdoors, examining the landscape — and its bugs.
Years later, with a Ph.D. in entomology and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, Cloyd spends his days researching, writing and teaching about insects in horticulture at Kansas State University. Most of his research takes place in greenhouses.
Four years ago, Cloyd wrote Greenhouse Pest Management, which is published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. With slightly less than 200 pages and more than 150 color photographs and illustrations, this book is chock full of information. Greenhouse Pest Management teaches producers how to identify and manage horticultural greenhouse pests.
“There’s a lot of nuts and bolts and fundamental information about the best ways to deal with these pests and grow a quality crop,” Cloyd said. “Thrips, aphids, white flies and spider mites are always a big problem.
The first part of the book contains information on a variety of insects, including aphids, pillbugs, mites and thrips. The next section goes into detail regarding controlling these pests in the greenhouse. Physical, biological and chemical controls are introduced.
Along with explaining how each type of control method works, Cloyd examines application techniques, timing resistance and multiple pest complexes. This practical reference is a resource for greenhouse producers, extension agents, crop consultants and advisers.
“It’s mostly hands-on fundamentals,” Cloyd said. “Most of the greenhouse pests are common throughout the world.”